A stark and honest memoir of thirty-five years spent in Canada’s prison system.
Edward Hertrich left his Regent Park high school in grade 11 to start working. A year later, he started dealing drugs, beginning a criminal career that resulted in him being incarcerated for thirty-five of his next forty years and spending the last five of those years on parole.
In Wasted Time, Hertrich describes his time behind bars. Once considered a serious threat to public safety, he spent much of his time at Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security prison that houses five hundred of Canada’s most dangerous inmates, including murderers, bank robbers, and gang members, and — for most of his stay there — a gang of sadistic guards.